News Briefs: Sept. 9, 2016

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Urgent Water Conservation Continues — As of press time, water conservation continues to be in effect for Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation and Wheeler Army Air Field. The Directorate of Public Works requests that water consumption be kept at a bare minimum for the listed areas as DPW performs maintenance and repairs on their water systems and works expeditiously to restore the water system to mission readiness.

If you live in one of the listed communities, please follow these instructions:

  • Refrain from watering the yard and any landscaping,
  • Take short showers instead of baths,
  • Shut off the water when not in use, like when brushing teeth or washing dishes,
  • Secure or report any leaks, and
  • Do not wash vehicles.


Golden Ruck — The 1-14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, will being hiking around Oahu’s shores, today, until Sept. 16 to commemorate the battalion’s heritage and casing of colors.

AIBANO TRAINING AREA, JAPAN — ­­Pfc Noricole Hansen, infantryman with 3rd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, exits a UH1JUH helicopter during air assault training. Hanson took part in Orient Shield 2012, a joint effort between the U.S. Army and the Japanese Ground Self Defense force. Since its inception in 2000, Orient Shield has focused on the development and refinement of tactical planning, coordination and interoperability through bilateral training. (Spc. Jason Dorsey | 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Pfc Noricole Hansen, infantryman, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, exits a UH1JUH helicopter during air assault training. (Spc. Jason Dorsey | 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

The battalion has a noble and honorable history, having received numerous awards for bravery over the years. The hike is the battalion’s last event before the official ceremony that will close down the unit. This event will conclude at Schofield Barracks, Sept. 16, where the 1-14th will pay a final tribute to the battalion’s legacy. Call 655- 9461.


TAMC PFC — Tripler’s gym, which closed yesterday, will remain closed through Sunday, Sept. 11, to allow for scrubbing and recoating the gym floor. It will reopen at 5 a.m. on Sept. 12.


VA logoAdaptive Sport Grants — On Wednesday, the VA announced the awarding of up to $7.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans and service members. Recipients may use these funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing these adaptive sports programs.

The grants will be distributed to 90 national, regional and community programs serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Approximately 10,000 veterans and service members are expected to benefit. Visit


FEGLI Open Season — For the first time in 12 years, Federal Employees Group Life Insurance is having an Open Season to allow eligible employees to enroll in FEGLI or increase their coverage up to the program maximum. You don’t have to have a qualifying life event, answer any medical questions or have a physical exam.

Find out more, before Open Season ends Sept. 30th. Visit


Be Prepared — To prepare your family for an emergency, assemble one or more emergency kits that include enough supplies for at least three days. Visit the online News Briefs at for suggested kits for home, work, portable, in the car and more.

Basic Home Kit (Necessary) — At least one gallon of water per person per day and nonperishable food for at least three days. Manual/multitool can opener. Reusable plates, cups, utensils, saucepan. First aid kit. Medical equipment/care aids and prescriptions. N95/N100 rated dust masks. Sanitation supplies. Hand-crank or battery operated flashlight and cell phone charger. All-hazards NOAA weather radio. Extra batteries. Brightly colored plastic poncho. Clothing to keep your family warm and dry. Cash. Tools needed for turning off utilities. Your command reporting information/ADPAAS. Important documents. Emergency preparedness handbook, local maps and family emergency plan.

Additional considerations. Infant formula and diapers. Pet supplies. Disinfectant. Matches/flint in a waterproof container. Weather-appropriate bedding. Coats, jackets and rain gear. Fire extinguisher. Paper and pencil. Entertainment products and activities for children. Additional items for a specific type of disaster.

Portable Emergency Kit — When ordered to evacuate. Place in a designated area easily accessible. If sheltering in place, keep this kit with you. Consider adding enough supplies to last two weeks.

Workplace Emergency Kit (work station) — Comfortable walking shoes. Includes food, water, a first aid kit and family’s communications procedure.

Vehicle Emergency Kit — Kept in your vehicle at all times. This kit should contain at a minimum food, water, a first aid kit, signal flares, jumper cables and seasonal clothing. Include your family’s communications procedure.

Maintaining Your Kits — Routinely evaluate your kits and their relevance. Throw away and replace any expired or damaged medications, food or water.


SOCOM Writers — The Joint Special Operations Command’s Center for Counterterrorism Studies is announcing the opening of its annual Lt. Gen. Samuel V. Wilson Writing Award Contest for 2017. The center is now accepting papers through May 31, 2017. For submission requirement packet info and more, email the Center for Counterterrorism Studies at or call (910) 243-2144.


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After Patriots’ Day — Attend the West Oahu Vet Center open house, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 885 Kamokila Blvd., Unit 105, Kapolei. Light refreshments will be available. The center will mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the American involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. The center provides readjustment-counseling services to veterans, service members and their families. Learn about VA resources and services. To RSVP, call 674-2414.


Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2)CSF2 — Beginning with Master Resiliency Training today, plan to attend upcoming courses at the Schofield Barracks Comprehensive Soldier Fitness-2 Training Center.

Additional courses include these:

  • Executive Resilience and Performance Course,
  • Leader Development Course,
  • Deployment Cycle Resilience Training, and
  • Resilience Trainer Assistance Course.

Call 655-984.


15 / Thursday

Observation — Hispanic Heritage Month begins today and continues until Oct. 15. Tripler Army Medical Center will host an observance, Sept. 27, noon-1 p.m., at Kyser Auditorium.


Suicide Prevention — Be there for Soldiers, civilians and family members. Attend these “Fight for Each Other” events:

  • Sept. 15, 8:30-10 a.m., Richardson Theater, Fort Shafter.
  • Sept. 16, 8:30-10 a.m., Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks.

These events are open to garrison employees. Military personnel and unit leadership should reserve seating. Call 655-9105.


16 / Friday


Signal Ball — Attend the 2016 Pacific Signal Regimental Ball at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, 6 p.m. Members of the Army Signal community may sponsor young Signaleers who can’t afford tickets. For tickets, call 653-5791 or visit


17 / Saturday

Youth Center Closures — A Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids event

will be held, at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks. The Youth Centers at Schofield, Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation will be closed, reopening Sept. 19.

Call 656-0093.




6 / Thursday

Resiliency Training for Parents — Parents (Soldiers and civilians) can come to the CSF2 Training Center to learn skills to help them be the very best parents they can be. Attend training at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 6-7, at Porter Community Center, Schofield Barracks. Call 655-9804 for more details.


18 / Tuesday

Registration Deadline Today — Save the dates! The next Hiring Our Heroes Transition Summit at Schofield Barracks happens Oct. 18-19. Note: This event is mandatory for Soldiers with less than nine months before their separation date. Go to to register and upload your resume COB today, and watch this space for more details in the coming weeks.




Preparedness — September is National Preparedness Month, and it serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now, and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that we could encounter where we live, work and socialize. To learn more, visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website at


SB HSO — Changes were made last month to the Schofield Barracks Housing Services Office procedures and operations regarding Temporary Lodging Allowance, or TLA certificates. Group briefings are held daily, and personnel must arrive on time. Call 655-3076 for more details.


A/C and DPW — The garrison’s Directorate of Public Works strives to provide timely response to air conditioning work orders despite increased system failures during the warm season and severe staffing shortages. The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii community’s continued patience with A/C repairs is greatly appreciated.

Please help DPW by accurately describing your A/C failure and level of urgency, so that it may devote precious resources to the most critical cooling outages. Intentionally elevating the criticality of a cooling outage results in diversion of precious resources away from the true emergencies and overall delays for all work orders.

DPW A/C techs have been instructed to leave the work site if the work priority of a failed cooling unit is misrepresented. If you have a Demand Maintenance Order number, then DPW is aware of your situation and will work relentlessly within its operational constraints to get your system repaired based on priorities.

The DPW work order desk will provide statuses upon request after 10 days since the order was submitted. Thanks for your continued patience and cooperation.


Law School — The Office of the Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, the Army projects sending up to 25 active duty commissioned officers to law school at government expense.

Selected officers will attend law school beginning the fall of 2017 and will remain on active duty while attending law school.

Interested officers should review Army MILPER Message 16-053 and Chapter 14, AR 27-1 (The Judge Advocate General’s Funded Legal Education Program) to determine their eligibility. This program is open to commissioned officers in the rank of second lieutenant through captain.

Applicants must have at least two, but not more than six, years of total active federal service at the time legal training begins. Eligibility is governed by statute (10 U.S.C. 2004) and is non-waivable.

Eligible officers interested in applying should immediately register for the earliest offering of the Law School Admission Test. Applicants must send their request through command channels, to include the officer’s branch manager at AHRC.

Send the original application to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (Ms. Yvonne Caron-Rm 2B517), 2200 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310, to be received by Nov. 1, 2016.

Submission of the application well in advance of the deadline is advised.


FBI-logo-11-25-13-400x373Crimefighting App — The FBI launched a mobile version of its Bank Robbers website to make it easier for smartphone users to view photos and information about bank robberies.

Back in December 2012, the FBI launched its Bank Robbers website featuring a gallery of unknown bank robbery suspects wanted by the Bureau. Because the FBI, in its own bank robbery investigations, focuses on the most violent and/or the most prolific serial offenders who often cross jurisdictions, the suspects included on are a dangerous lot and public assistance in identifying them plays a crucial role in efforts to apprehend them.

The mobile Bank Robbers application for iPhones (plus iPads and iPods) and Android smartphones should make it even easier for the public to view photos and information about bank robberies in different geographic areas of the country. The app, which works with, can be downloaded for free from Apple’s app store or Google Play.

Call 655-8743 for further information or see today’s News Briefs online at




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